Dear loved ones,
Time to scribble another note and let you know we are doing well. We hope this letter finds you all in the same condition.
We have two new couples that live here in our apartments, the Zapata’s who work in the Visitors Center and the Anthony’s who just got here 10 days ago work in the Mexico East mission office which is down stairs from our apartment. It’s really fun having these folks here and making new friends, they are great people. On the 20th Janie started a new project, she is helping teach English over at the Visitors Center, she is teaching 3 nights a week (when we are here). She seems to enjoy it. We also met Colter Hansen who is Lisa and Flints friend from Idaho Falls who comes down here occasionally on business and has brought us a few things from the Packer’s. Its nice having someone come down here, we are still waiting for two packages from kids that were sent in November, I don’t think they’re going to make it. Our phone system that we lost in the fire and Chad worked so hard to get us a replacement down here does not work so the company is sending Chad another one. It may take a month before Bro. Hanson comes down again but we might have a phone again in a month or so.
We were very happy and blessed to see Peggy and Richard Larsen and also Jack Sommer who were passing through Mexico City on a tour and stopped at the Temple. They called us and we had a few minutes to visit with them. We were saddened by the untimely death of Brigham Forbush, one of Andy’s very close friends. Andy made a long but quick drive to Idaho for the funeral, he had some good side kicks with him, Garren and Kaydra made the trip also. We are thankful they made it back to Washington safely.
On Saturday, Jan. 24th we left early in the morning and drove to Queretaro for a training meeting. The Mendosa’s, directors for the Queretaro Mission had a training meeting with about 60 of their team. Its great to see and be involved in the detailed training of these great people. Their FSY conference is coming up during Semana Santa week, first week of April. They will have eight to nine hundred kids, add the logistics team and the young single adult counselors it’s a big bunch of people. The session directing couples have a great responsibility and they are all so very capable. We stayed in Queretaro that night and then drove back to Mexico City on Sunday. It”s only a 2 1/2 hour drive. We also met in the last couple weeks Colleen’s Nephew’s son (Elder Grant Klingler) and Agustine Gutierrez grandson, while they were here at the visitors center from the Mission Training Center.
On Sunday the 31st we had a Stake Conference and I’ve never been more impressed with anyone more than Elder Casteñeda of the Seventy who spoke at the conference. When he speaks his body language and gestures remind you of Pres. Uchtdorf. He also has an excellent memory, I was sitting in the audience and he mentioned that he remembered me from last summer (we met him very briefly at one of the youth conferences in Monterrey), if he hadn’t mentioned it I probably wouldn’t have remembered (but I’m getting old). Speaking of old, on the 26th the Elder’s invited me to play basketball with them, we had 16 players so we had 4 on 4 men teams. I have decided I’m too old to play ball with 19 year olds, but we had a lot of fun, it’s been about 2 weeks and I’m just about not stiff anymore.
We have both had a little boute with the flu and Montezuma’s revenge but were over it now and feeling good. Last Thursday we left for a training trip to Monterrey, we drove to San Luis Potosi on Thursday and then on to Monterrey on Friday. We got to Monterrey in time to attend a session at the temple, the Monterrey temple is really beautiful, its hard to imagine when I served here 45 years ago there were no wards or stakes only districts of the mission. Now there are thousands of members, wards, stakes and a temple, the church has really grown in the lands of the Book of Mormon. On Saturday we met with the Directing Couples and the Logistics Couples of the Monterrey West Mission and the Saltillo Mission and then we drove together to camp Sion were we will have conferences in July and August. The couples had a great meeting, exchanged a lot of ideas and coordinated events during the coming two week period of their conferences. Again we are amazed at the type of people we have the opportunity to work with. On Sunday afternoon we drove back to San Luis Potosi and then Monday back to Mexico City in time for Family Home evening with the other couples at the Anthony’s apartment.
Janie standing near dangling wires near our Hotel in Monterrey. Sometimes you have to duck, so your head doesn’t touch. OCH!
Well, my fingers are raw to the bone so Its time to stop. We love you all and pray for your success and happiness in whatever your involved in. The gospel is true and to see the change and growth of the church in this great land is inspiring. Please keep us updated in your doings either by email or responding to the blog.
Grandma and Grandpa, Mom and Dad and Friends